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date: 23 January 2020


  • Eric Hoeprich


German family of wind instrument makers, active in Speyer 1849–1937. The workshop was founded in 1849 by Georg Jakob (b Speyer, 15 May 1824; d Speyer, 20 Sept 1904); he apprenticed 1843–6 in Bayreuth under Stengel, and also worked in Paris, Munich, and Vienna. After 1883 he entered in partnership as Berthold & Söhne with his sons Friedrich Wilhelm (b Speyer, 27 July 1854; d Speyer, 10 May 1937), who specialized in making flutes; Johann Wilhelm (b Speyer, 18 Aug 1855; d Speyer, 21 Aug 1937), whose specialty was clarinets and oboes; and Georg Daniel (b Speyer 7 July 1857; d Speyer, 21 May 1937), a bassoon specialist. Although Georg Jakob and Georg Daniel made some brass instruments, the production of all types of woodwinds, for both military and orchestral use, was the specialty of the partnership. The Bertholds kept to a small workforce with a relatively modest output, which provided the flexibility to make new models, such as an alto flute designed by Theobald Boehm, a contra-bassoon/contrabassophon made to Heinrich Joseph Haseneier’s specifications in papier mâché, a ‘combination clarinet’ in A/B♭ designed by Theodor Lässig, and various instruments in ivory. Their display at the ...

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